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The Didsbury Civic Society website is here to promote the aims and objectives of the DCS. The site contains, not only information about the community of Didsbury but also information about events that DCS organises. DCS is very pro-active in the monitoring of building development, both in the residential and commercial sectors.

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A Breif History Of Didsbury

Frequently called Manchester’s perfect suburb, birthplace of the concept of the Shipping Canal and home of philanthropist Fletcher Moss, now it’s a flourishing residential area and center of cafe culture.

Actually the village owes its presence to moorland moving from a marsh formed in centuries of silt in the River Mersey that turned it into dry land.

There’s not a lot of mention of Didsbury from the Doomsday book but being near a splitting point of the River , its title might well have originated from Saxon times, a didd has been a fortified location of a Saxon thane, it could have lay on the border acroess the Saxon south and the southern north.

St James Church

Didsbury started up round the moorland using the greatest point appearing on the valley and it’s believed that a church stood on the land through Saxon Times.

The very first mention of this chapel as it had been then, comes in the documents of the Lancashire Assizes at 1236 and throughout the Black Death from the 1300’s that the Bishop of Lichfield gave permission to its churchyard to be devoted to burials.

Transferred into the Diocese of Chester at 1541 throughout the Reformation, it turned into the chapel of worship for a number of Manchester’s most prominent families, instead of Baptism of Edward Barlow and of those Mosley’s who reconstructed the church after it had been destroyed by fire in 1619.

Now the church includes a monument to the Mosley’s Sir Nicholas, Lord of the Manor of Manchester in his Lord Mayor of London robes, with his two sisters and four of his sons.

The churchit became the parish church of Didsbury at 1850, we see now owes its design to Didsbury Victorian Philanthropists who re-designed it at the favorite Gothic style of this time that comprised cladding the brick construction in rock

Didsbury Village

The village grew up around the church and also both inn’s near by on the green, The Cock and The Ring o’ Bells, a place afterwards known as the’gates of hell’ because of the desire to stop for a beverage in one of the bars flanking the village green.

On the 28th January, 1793, locals congregated about the village green to burn an effigy of Tom Paine, author of The Rights of Man, a book defending the French Revolution. Scared by events in France and trying to proclaim their devotion to the country, soldiers and townsfolk conducted a mock trial and implementation among much merriment and drinking.

Alderman Fletcher Moss, clarified the hamlet because it had been in the end of the 18th century at idyllic terms as a selection of half-timbered, thatched cottages, a smithy and handloom-weavers’ homes, in addition to the church along with two inns fronting to the village green.

Didsbury In The 19th Century

Since Manchester climbed, the village started to entice a number of its wealthy as well as the payoff lengthy North across Barlow Moor Road, Hugh Birley, Samuel Taylor and George Robinson were among people who decided to reside there.

From the 1930’s Didsbury has been commended as being Manchester’s perfect suburb and while homes and streets have encroached on its own village status, now it still keeps the village setting and considered among the most enjoyable places to reside within Manchester. House to independent stores and restaurants in addition to the better known chains.